Tuesday, October 10, 2017

the spontaneously planned road trip

october is one of my favorite months, but it always seems to fly by! i'm so thankful we were able to squeeze in a little autumn day trip. 
we had planned to take a mini road trip to the lake of the ozark area for weeks now. the forecast was predicting rainy weather for the majority of the day. we decided to go ahead & cancel the day before since most of what we were wanting to do was outside. when we got up the next morning, the weather for that area looked great! so we made the somewhat spontaneous decision to go ahead & road trip it up!  hence the title of the spontaneously planned road trip. =)

 my husband loves to take the scenic route when possible. i am the complete opposite mainly because the scenic route usually involves me getting sick. we took the ‘avoid highway’ route for this little day trip & it turned out to be a wonderful experience! the leaves were just starting to change so it was quite a beautiful drive! my favorite parts of the drive were cruising through a classic main street, usa where a festival was going on & the smell of kettle corn drifted in the air, seeing lots of farmland & horses, & driving by the cutest little cabin with yellow leaves surrounding it. 

our first stop was the cave pumpkin patch. this pumpkin patch was filled with activities including a cave decorated like a pumpkin!
we got to encounter the swinging bridge! this picture above doesn't make it look that terrifying, but driving across this one way creaky bridge was, indeed, terrifying.
next up was ha ha tonka state park! the highlight of this visit was seeing the beautiful turquoise water & the castle ruins.

lastly, we stopped at a route 66 diner. it just felt right to go there on a road trip. the inside was super cute! and this preggo woman thoroughly enjoyed a chocolate milkshake.

 we crammed a lot in, but it was a fun family day! jeremy & i both love these little adventures like this & mabel is becoming quite the travel champ!

also, my shirt is from pinkblush. they make the best maternity clothes that are even comfortable enough to travel in!



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

baby boba is a GIRL!

yes, we are having another girl! we are so, so, so thrilled!! it took me almost a whole day to get over the shock of the news because i had pretty much convinced myself that baby boba was a boy. i had actually wanted to do an ice cream gender reveal because i thought blue ice cream would be so fun. HA! that just goes to show you how pregnancies can be completely different & yet be the same gender. you just never know!

these girls will be opposite seasons but i am still looking forward to using mabel’s hand-me-downs when possible. of course one of things i’m most excited about is all the sisterly matching that is bound to take place! eeek! can't wait! truth be told, i got their first set of matching outfits today. =)

can't wait for mabel to get a baby sis! and as far as a name goes, we're like prettttty positive (like 90ish%) on the name we're going for, but we don't want to announce until we're 100% sure.

thank you so much to mayci for taking these pictures!


Friday, September 15, 2017

apple of my eye

fall is almost officially here & nothing kicks off the start of the season quite like apple picking! in my head, i always picture going to the orchard in our fall sweaters with a cool breeze in the air & maybe sipping on some hot apple cider. well, it was not like that at all. HA! the weather started out pretty nice that morning, but by the time we went it was WARM. that's just how it goes sometimes.

we had a great time! it was fun to go with mabel this year & see her gnaw on all the apples she could find. she is now officially obsessed with apples. i can't eat one without her begging for one herself. 

and we all know the best part of apple picking is the apple cider donuts!!!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

obx vacation

here is the rest of our vacation in a nutshell! the roberts graciously invited us (and the harrelsons) along to their beach vacation. it seems like we were eagerly planning this for months so it’s sad to see it over already. we had a great time together! and yes, we are all still friends after vacationing together. haha
we purposely didn’t schedule a busy itinerary because we wanted to relax & just enjoy the beach. i don’t know how much ‘relaxing’  was actually done with a curious one year old in tow, but it was still enjoyable.

even though we weren't in the path of totality (like st. louis was---jealous!), we got to catch a glimpse of the 2017 solar eclipse. what a marvelous Creator! my favorite part was the eclipse crescent shadows! so neat!

we got to experience the sand dunes at sunset! mabel sure loved getting covered in every grain of sand.
we watched the sunrise as a family which was really sweet until the high tide nearly tried to wash mabel away.
one of the things we were excited to try was duck donuts! they did not disappoint which was evident since we ate there twice on the trip.
when you're from the midwest, fresh seafood is hard to come by so one of our treats for the week was getting yummy fish & chips.
we visited bodie lighthouse which was another highlight of the trip for me!
our only group pictures of the trip. 9 kids 9 and under!
we were able to sneak some family pictures in (thanks to jessica) before a storm started rolling in.

what a great trip that went by way too fast!

also, a lot of photo credit goes to jessica because she brought her fancypants camera around while i was lazy and mainly used my phone. so thanks, jessica!


if you're interested in our other vacation pictures from this trip-
part one - biltmore is HERE
part two - DC is HERE